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Probation lifted on CWC volleyball; team cleared for postseason play

Aug 30, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Central Wyoming College officials learned on Thursday the volleyball program is no longer on probation and will be able to participate in the 2013 Region IX tournament.

National Junior College Athletic Association president Joe Tubb informed CWC in a letter.

Last fall, officials discovered two of CWC's volleyball players were ineligible to participate in the NJCAA sports. As a result, CWC had to forfeit all its women's volleyball victories for the 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons.

"It means for us that we are back on track," CWC assistant dean of students/athletic director Steve Barlow said. "I expected the news right now. Our coaching staff needs to know if we are eligible to play in the postseason or not. It wasn't a surprise to me that it happened."

CWC was not permitted to play in last year's Region IX 2012 volleyball tournament.

"From my standpoint, we are excited," CWC's executive vice president for academic services Jason Wood said. "We have made a lot of growth in our program. We just think that this is a good way to close the book and to be able to move forward."

CWC had to file a request to be removed from probation.

"I want to compliment the folks at the athletic department who have worked hard to make some changes," Wood said. "Some of them have been difficult changes. I think the college has come together to recognize that athletics are important at CWC. Student athletes can do tremendous things for the college and the community."

This year's team is taking part this weekend in a two-day tournament at Sheridan College.

"We did what the NJCAA wanted us to do," Barlow said. "We are just trying to do the best that we can."

CWC started off the year with a 1-3 mark at a College of Southern Idaho tournament in Twins Falls, Idaho.

Adding sports

Barlow announced in June that CWC will be conducting a feasibility study for expanding the sports offerings at the college.

"This creates a solid foundation for a possibility of athletics being expanded at CWC," Wood said.

CWC women's head basketball coach Serol Stauffenberg is working with Barlow on the feasibility study.

"Serol is well into it the feasibility study," Barlow said. "We are looking at every option."

The college fields teams men's and women's rodeo, men's and women's basketball and women's volleyball.

CWC has had club soccer in the past on the Riverton campus.

Golf has also been discussed. Several other Region IX schools have soccer and golf programs.

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